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Freedom Under Fire and Your Right to Homeschool (7)

Michael Smith Friday 1:00 - 2:00 pm Arbor Theater
 After forty years of the legislature leaving homeschooling alone, in February, two bills were introduced that will impact the freedom to homeschool in California.  Mike Smith, President of HSLDA, will explore the content of the two bills, the problems they present for homeschoolers, the opposition put up by the homeschooling community, and current state of affairs.  Both bills are threatening because the ultimate goal of both appears to be to remove homeschooling from the private school exemption.  This would mean that homeschooling would be separated from the private school exemption, (which provides much freedom), to a separate defined category of exemption from public school attendance.  This could potentially mean health and safety screenings of children/parents; curriculum control; mandatory testing of students; and increased teacher qualification requirements. **This is a must attend for anyone concerned about the future of the legality of homeschooling in California.

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Remembering the Reason, Renewing the Vision (20)

Michael Smith Friday, 4:00 - 5:00 pm Pistache
This session offers a general overview of the challenges, burdens, and benefits of homeschooling from a veteran homeschool father and leader. Addressing the potential homeschooler, the new homeschooler, the veteran homeschooler, and all homeschoolers in between, Mike outlines the success of homeschooling in academics and socialization, describes legal and legislative advances, and concludes that homeschooling families have earned the right to be left alone. He reminds listeners of the benefits of homeschooling and offers some practical suggestions for relieving the pressure on the homeschooling family, especially Mom.

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How Do We Measure Success in Homeschooling? (37)

Michael Smith Saturday, 11:00 - 12:00 pm Arbor Theater
(37)How Do We Measure Success in Homeschooling?

Many parents in the midst of homeschooling wonder how they can determine whether they are successful or not with their children. Mike explains in very clear and decisive terms how you can measure the success of your homeschool program. Drawing on biblical texts and principles, Mike encourages to homeschooling parents facing lack of confidence or fear of failure.

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Things You Can Do That Could Cause You to Lose Your Children (45)

Michael Smith Saturday, 2:30 - 3:30 pm Ginko
In light of the government’s ever-growing encroachment into family life and decision-making, the information presented in this seminar is critical. Drawing on over two decades of experience defending homeschooling families against social services and child protective service contacts, Mike informs the audience of the newest threat to their freedom. This session primarily addresses your state’s laws relating to social services contacts and provides general application for other states as well.

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